The hottest new neighborhood to explore in Los Angeles is actually one of its oldest — Hollywood. While downtown L.A. has been stealing the spotlight in the past few years with its new restaurants, museums, and hotels, Hollywood has been working quietly behind the scenes to upgrade its lodging options. Here are three happening Hollywood hotels for budgets ranging from starving artist to A-list celeb.
Save: MAMA SHELTER
The fun-loving Mama Shelter hotel sits a few blocks below the sights of Hollywood Boulevard. Its rooms are small in size but big on style and boasts amenities like a 27” iMac, free WiFi, and quirky masks that double as lampshades on the nightstands. Downstairs, the lobby is one giant hangout with a table games, foosball, cozy booths, a chalk ceiling with artwork from local artists, and an all-day café. But the tropical-inspired rooftop is where the real action is. Guests can dine and drink up here for lunch and dinner from Tuesday-Sunday. With its unreal views of the city, this is where you want to be when the sun sets. Another bonus? You can even get the Hollywood sign in your Instagram shots. Rates start at around $159 a night.
Spring: THE EVERLY
Further away from the hubbub of Hollywood Boulevard is The Everly Hotel, which just opened last summer. Guest rooms here epitomize a chill California vibe with light and airy spaces, mid-century modern furniture done in deep blues and light woods, and thoughtful artwork. Best of all, the rooms have stunning views of the Hollywood Hills. Of course, you’ll have to look past the 101 freeway, but don’t worry, the windows are totally sound-proofed--you won’t hear a thing. The lobby is a sprawling social hub with 28-foot ceilings and two restaurants and bars, making it a cinch to make your afternoon meeting run into a dinner and drinks sort of hang. But since this is Los Angeles, make the most of the town’s consistently good weather and head up to the hotel’s fifth floor pool deck where you can take in more jaw-dropping views of Tinseltown. Rates start at $270 a night.
Splurge: DREAM HOLLYWOOD
Just across the street from Mama Shelter is the sexy Dream Hollywood hotel. Like everything else at the property, the guest rooms exude modern glamour with stylish furniture, small balconies, peek-a-boo bathrooms, decadent mini-bars, and even bedside tablets for placing room service orders. Yet as luxurious as the rooms are, you won’t want to spend much time there. The hotel has a killer rooftop pool scene which houses both the pool deck and its cabanas, along with The Highlight Room restaurant and lounge, which has quickly become a popular spot for locals and guests alike. But that’s not all. Downstairs, the hotel also has outposts of the Tao Asian Bistro and Beauty & Essex along with a fast casual pizza spot, Luchini. And with views of Hollywood from nearly every angle, the Dream makes it possible to “do” Hollywood without ever leaving the hotel. Rates for a balcony room start at $301 a night